Perham Focus staff
Floats entered in the Perham Lion's annual Holiday Parade of Lights will leave from St. Paul's Lutheran Church at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 25. This year's theme is "Christmas in Toyland." New this year, Lakes Radio 99.5 will announce the parade live as it progresses through town. Entrants will have the opportunity to win cash prizes, awarded in several categories: Santa's Choice (first place), Mrs. Claus' Choice (second place), Elves' Choice (third place), and Rudolph's Honorable Mention. Entrants and donations are still being accepted, said parade organizer Nicole Rydell.
After rainy conditions in Perham on Tuesday left walkways and roads with an icy sheeting, organizers decided to cancel the Gobble Wobble 5K scheduled for Thanksgiving Day morning as the city does not maintain the walking path in the winter. All registrants will be contacted by phone, and notices will also go out via radio, Facebook, and the Chamber. Everyone is asked to share the information. Thank you to those who volunteered to help.
The second annual Gobble Wobble Thanksgiving 5K Family Fun Race is scheduled to take place on Thanksgiving day, Thursday, Nov. 24, beginning with registration at 8:30 a.m. at the Perham Bike Path, in the park near the softball fields. The race is untimed and unsegmented by age as it is intended to be a fun, healthy family event. Cost is $22 online or $25 on race day. All proceeds will benefit the Giving Tree program. In case of inclement weather, the race may be canceled. Follow the event on its Facebook page.
Area youth and adults were recognized for their service and achievements at the annual 4-H Recognition and Awards Program on Sunday, Oct. 30, at the New York Mills Extension Office.
On Oct. 27, the sixth-grade class at St. Henry's Area School visited the The Bridge Community Food Shelf in Perham where they learned about who can receive the services, how the process for receiving food works and what foods can and cannot be donated. They will be sharing their knowledge with other students at St. Henry's Area School and having a food drive in November. "Our visit to The Bridge taught me a lot about what we can do to help those who are in need of food and what they can get when we donate money," said Trinity.
The Perham Lions recently screened young children at the Cuddle Bug Daycare facility in Perham. All the children screened ranged in age from 1 to 4 years old. Free vision screening was being offered by the Perham Lions Club and most of the local Lions clubs in this area. Screenings are in conjunction with Lions KidSight MD5M and the Minnesota Lions Vision Foundation. The vision screener we use is capable of screening for Astigmatism, Myopia, Hyperopia, Anisometropia, Strabismus, Amblyopia and Aniscoria.
The Becker County Sheriff's office received a call over the weekend of a male being shot in leg. The call came in about 12:24 p.m. Saturday, after David Shaw, 45, of Lake Park, was shot on public land near 130th Ave., north of the county line in Cormorant Township in Becker County. There were two groups of hunters hunting the same public land and one of the hunting parties was shooting at a deer when Shaw was struck in the leg. The victim was transported by Air Care to Sanford Hospital in Fargo.
Residence: Perham Age/Occupation: I am a 1985 graduate of Perham High School and I am the Chief Financial Officer of United Community Bank where I have been employed for the last 21 years. Family information (husband/wife/children): My husband Mark and I have three children - Sam, Kaylan & John. Do you have children who attend Perham-Dent Schools? If so, what school do they attend? All three of our children are graduates of Perham High School.
Residence: Rural Perham Age/Occupation: I am 53 years old. I am the Community Relations Director at Perham Health. I have been with Perham Health 18 years. Family information (husband/wife/children): My husband, John, is employed at Arvig and we have three daughters; Claire, Mollian and Ella. Do you have children who attend Perham-Dent Schools? If so, what school do they attend? My three daughters are all graduates of Perham-Dent; Claire 2004, Mollian 2014, and Ella 2016.
Five candidates, two incumbents and three newcomers, are seeking three open Perham-Dent School Board seats. Here are their views on issues facing the district. Residence: Marion Lake, Perham Age/occupation: 60, Self employed WMS INC. Wife/Kids: Beth Wasche; two sons—Nathan and Nick